Sent: Monday, November 16, 1998 7:15 PM
Subject: Rescheduling Tomorrow Night’s EC
To: ALAA Executive Committee
Fr: Michael Letwin
Re: Rescheduling Tomorrow Night’s Executive Committee Meeting
Da: November 16, 1998
After polling the Bargaining/Advisory Committee, I have decided to substitute a BC meeting for the Executive Committee originally scheduled for tomorrow night. As in numerous other situations where events made it advisable to rearrange the order of BC and EC meetings, the EC will convene as soon thereafter as possible. In this case, rescheduling permits the BC (Union officers, plus issue and caucus representatives), the citywide Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid (ACLA), and any other group of interested members, the opportunity to consider the current posture — procedural and substantive — of our affirmative action efforts, particularly in light of the very serious allegations contained in Civil/CAB grievances filed late last week.
Please be assured that my decision to reschedule this EC does not reflect any lack of urgency about the need to improve the Society’s record. After many years of actively fighting for greater affirmative action at Legal Aid, I personally negotiated the far-reaching language now contained in the contract.
I have spent much of the past year seeking to activate the Joint Union- Management Affirmative Action Committee that is charged with overseeing the Society’s efforts, and helping to reactivate ACLA. Immediately upon learning last week of the Civil/CAB grievances, I conveyed to representatives of those divisions’ affirmative action committees my request to meet as soon as possible with attorneys of color and other concerned members; this morning, I reiterated that request. Experience shows, however, that we achieve the greatest success in pursuing affirmative action (like any other issue) by promoting informed, productive and (hopefully) unified EC discussion and decision-making. This purpose alone underlies the brief postponement of tomorrow night’s EC.
The date and agenda for the EC will follow by mid-week. Meanwhile, please forgive any confusion due to this necessary schedule modification.